With so many new products popping up in skin care claiming to be “natural” and “organic” it’s hard to tell which products are the best to use.

 

We use on average 10 different skin care products on our body every day, and because skin acts like a sponge, they all get absorbed.

Many of these ingredients have not been tested for their long-term effects. Many of the products that we apply to our skin consist of ingredients that can have a negative impact on the body and could even be toxic.

 

So, before determining which products are best for your skin, you should know about the difference between natural skin care versus organic skin care. Although the terms seem very similar, and are sometimes used interchangeably, they are each very different in meaning.

 

 

Natural ingredients:

 

- Ingredients must come from plants, flowers and mineral origins found in nature

- No genetically modified (GMOs) ingredients

- No parabens, suflates or other harmful substances

- Limited or no petrochemical ingredients

- Never tested on animals

- Manufacturing process retains the integrity of the natural ingredients.

 

Organic ingredients:

 

- No manufactured herbicides or artificial fertilizers

- No artificial or synthetic colours, preservatives or chemicals (including parabens and sulphates

- No routine use of antibiotics

- No GMOs (genetically modified organisms) or growth regulators

- Very limited number of pesticides allowed

- More sustainable land management.

 

 

WHY IT IS IMPORTANT?

 

Impact on the environment:

 

Modern farming methods typically use genetically modified seeds, pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals to maximise yield / make their farms more productive. While it sounds reasonable to want to increase productivity, these methods negatively impact both the immediate environment in which the plants are grown and the broader environment. Unsurprisingly, our stance is that it’s better to go for consumable products that avoid modern farming practices that negatively impact our environment.

 

Impact on our health:

 

Our skin is our biggest organ and since it’s porous, anything applied to it is absorbed into our bloodstream and lymphatic system. 

Over the last few years there’s been a real upward trend in the amount of organic and natural products available as we become more conscious about our health and the plight of the environment.